Dragon demolition date confirmed

Dragon Cafe in central Dunedin, which is to be demolished. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Dragon Cafe in central Dunedin, which is to be demolished. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Abandoned buildings in Rattray St, Dunedin, are to be demolished in February after standing damaged and empty for three years.

The historic N. & E. S. Paterson Ltd and Barrons Buildings, which housed the Dragon Cafe, have been fenced off for nearly three years since the roof of the Barrons Building collapsed in January 2011.

A demolition order has been in place since March 2011.

It has been suggested several times since, by both the Scenic Circle group, which owns the N. & E. S. Paterson Ltd Building and occupies the site behind the properties, and demolition company Lund, that the structures were on the brink of falling.

Property owner Lincoln Darling has made little comment, but yesterday confirmed the buildings would come down in February.

An advertised closure of Rattray St between Princes St and Broadway from January 5-10 was related to the removal of the neon Dragon Cafe sign, he said.

3 years!

As a new Dunedin resident, I have come to enjoy the city. Have to say, though, that things like the tumble down buildings in lower Rattray St detract from the what the city has to offer. I wonder what the hundreds of cruise ship tourists and visitors to the casino think of Dunedin when they see this. Surprising that a council keen on promoting Dunedin is prepared to accept such a slow state of affairs.

Embrace the blank?

Except, Dav1d, there probably won't be anything new to embrace - just another hole in the street.

Why has this taken so long?

As ratepayers we need to know why our servants (the DCC) took so long to get this demolition order activated. This situation has caused major inconvenience and a loss of income for ratepayers in an area short of carparks. Heads should roll! Imagine if the Christchurch council had mucked around like this.

Only in Dunedin

Glad to hear this eyesore is going! Have had to walk on to the road everyday day hoping nothing would fall down - and the DCC must have missed out on lots of parking revenue. Wonder what visitors think of this thing right next at the hotel.

Keep grand old heritage buildings like the Railway station and First Church and embrace the new.

Rattray St an eyesore

Rattray St has become a terrible eyesore and looks like the kind of thing you see in some derelict American city like Detroit. The street has been ruined by developers over the years and as neglected by those who have owned many of the small businesses there. The Southern Cross carpark with the 'art deco' wall has destroyed the street. The modern 1960's/70's (?) clip on to the Southern Cross hotel is also very ugly. Now we have a burnt out building to add to the mix. Something needs to be done to beautify the street beyond a bit of street furniture and the like.

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